It’s with great joy that I introduce a long-time friend, ministry leader and this week’s special guest blogger, Abby Fields. She and her husband Jeremy lead Frontline Ministries in Baldwin County. They have dedicated their lives to working alongside area churches reaching, training and sending people out onto the frontlines. If you have been to the beach, odds are you have run into them or one of their leaders sharing the gospel.

Abby and Jeremy live in Foley with their four children. They are excitedly awaiting a new addition to the Fields family coming this August – a baby girl! You can connect with Abby and Jeremy on the official Frontline Ministries Facebook page or on their website at: www.frontlineonline.tv

I pray that you enjoy and find healing in Abby’s message on forgiveness, freedom and the importance of recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

 


Guest Post by Abby Fields

When I think about walking in freedom and what that means, the first thing that comes to mind is simply choosing and willing myself to apply the gospel of Jesus to every aspect of my life. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit resides in me. Therefore, I have access to all I need in order to walk in joy and freedom. If I am not walking in freedom and joy, it is not necessarily because of Jesus’ lack of work in my life, but it is because of my choice not to walk in obedience to the word of God.

The Holy Spirit gives us what we need to walk in victory. There isn’t a checklist of “right” or “wrongs” we have to complete before being able to live victoriously, but there are areas of weakness or unresolved issues from our past we might need to address.

The Dangers of Unforgiveness

The Bible speaks very clearly about forgiving others in order for Jesus to be able to forgive us. If you have unforgiveness in your heart towards someone, that needs to be addressed. The Bible also speaks clearly about bitterness and how much that can hinder us in our walk with others and Christ. If a root of bitterness resides in your heart towards a person or situation, it will eventually come to the surface and prevent you from living by the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.)

Galatians 5:1 states, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The beginning of the chapter talks about freedom found in Christ, and the end states the fruit of the Spirit.

Freedom and the fruit of the Spirit go hand in hand and the way to receive both is by making a choice to address sin in our lives and live in accordance to the word of God.

The Battlefield of the Mind

Our mind is a battlefield and where we allow our mind to wonder will determine whether we walk in freedom or bondage. A key to walking in freedom is learning to control our mind by taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ.

When your mind starts to wonder or think unGodly thoughts, there is such power in immediately transitioning your thoughts to scripture. Therefore, no evil can reside in your mind or penetrate your heart because you are disciplining yourself to shut down any thought that does not line up with the word or heart of God.

The Holy Spirit gives every Christian what he or she needs to walk in freedom but the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. Your responsibility as a Christian is to be mindful of the tactics the enemy attempts to use so that you can fight against him and live victoriously in Christ.

Greater is He that resides in you (God) than he that resides in the world (satan.)

Prayer

My prayer for you is that you begin walking in the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in you. Ask the Lord to reveal the places in your mind and heart that don’t line up with His word and as He does this, be courageous in addressing these issues so that you may walk more freely in Christ. Walking in freedom isn’t a “one-time” or a “one-size-fits-all” type experience. It is a day in and day out decision to honor God with your mind, actions and heart. It is a daily sacrifice of your selfish and fleshly desires that you might be crucified and Christ might be exalted in your life. God will continually work in your heart and life as long as you walk this earth so it’s a continual process that takes you from glory to glory with your precious Savior.

Scriptures for Meditation

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

~ Mathew 6:14-15

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

~ Mark 11:26

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

~ Colossians 3:13

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

~ Ephesians 4:31

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

~ 2 Corinthians 10:5